Great school project

4:05 p.m. on February 19, 2012 (EST)
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U of M student climbs Aconcagua with a tent he designed for his thesis project:

http://annarbor.com/news/university-of-michigan-student-hikes-aconcagua-with-self-made-tent/?cmpid=mlive

4:14 p.m. on February 19, 2012 (EST)
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way way way cool. Wish I could do that for my thesis.

MG

7:30 a.m. on February 21, 2012 (EST)
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Sure you can.  Just change majors.

12:25 p.m. on February 21, 2012 (EST)
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the blog post is fun to look through from design to finished product

http://abletoinhabit.com/



12:35 p.m. on February 21, 2012 (EST)
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I am not sure that Aconcagua would be my 1st choice of environments in regards to "initial outdoor testing."

I believe alot of thought was put into the design/construction of the tent but not so much in regards to where is was going to be used on its maiden voyage...

This could get bad in a hurry when at altitude. Anything can look great on paper, in theory, or in a controlled environment but when your life is on the line...

...well that just takes it to a whole different level. 

11:10 p.m. on February 21, 2012 (EST)
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Wind tunnel testing at 120 mph is not exactly wimpy testing.

1:49 a.m. on February 22, 2012 (EST)
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Hmm. Lot more interesting than my thesis...

2:06 a.m. on February 22, 2012 (EST)
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ocalacomputerguy said:

Wind tunnel testing at 120 mph is not exactly wimpy testing.

Yeah and it started to fail at 80. Just remember, this is a controlled environment where one can bail back to the drawing board. He won't have that option on the mountain. 

I think its a very safe assumption that companies that make tents for these types of environments do quite a bit of testing/r&d before they are ready for the consumer market.

Alot of this is testing in the actual outdoors multiple times over. 

I have seen absolutely no reference of that here. Just testing in controlled environments. 

11:52 p.m. on February 29, 2012 (EST)
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pretty cool stuff.

 I really hope his design holds up and does well. I also hope he or somebody brings a proven backup tent.

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